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What’s in store for 2017 and play?  It’s all about getting started and moving forward.  After all, these are the most important parts of play in my experience. How will it be structured and formatted? Not like 2016, but I think in an even better way!  Stay tuned for the newsletter with the details! Need [...]

Welcome to OOPSville thumbnail

O.O.P.S.ville is a wonderful town, after all there are no mistakes just Outstanding Opportunities Presenting Suddenly.  This art journal page started with the leftover scraps I just couldn’t bear to throw away from cardmaking with gel prints. Living up to the name of this town, plenty of OOPSies were a part of this process and of [...]

A Baby Wipe, A Stencil, and the OOPS thumbnail

Sometimes a few minutes is all you have to play and that’s all I need to make an OOPS, an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.  Being an adult can take up most of the day, but I have to have a bit of play for my sanity.  Just a few minutes of play with the art supplies keeps me [...]

OOPS, My Long Lost Soul Mate thumbnail

Like a soul mate, OOPS makes me a better person,  OOPS brings me joy, OOPS helps me face the challenges of creating. Okay, that sounds a bit like the Hallmark Channel…but it is true. What would I be like if I never found OOPS? I shudder to think of such a thing because I remember [...]

Journey of a Thousand OOPSies in my Art Journal thumbnail

O.O.P.S. was a word said more than once on this art journal page and near the end, that word was coming fast and furious.  O.O.P.S. isn’t a mistake, quite the opposite, since it means an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly. In the video, you’ll see how I get myself into a quandary with the very first step and how that turns [...]

Congrats to  Jodi – the winner of the November Let’s Play $50 gift certificate to Dick Blick! Jodi, send me your information (carolyn at acolorfuljourney dot com) and I’ll get you your gift certificate pronto! What’s the theme for December’s play?  O.O.P.S., the Outstanding Opportunities Presenting Suddenly!  Each week, I’ll be sharing a video of how [...]

What Used to Stop Me from Playing thumbnail

What used to get in my way and keep me from starting,  the most important step of play?  The left side of my brain, that control freak type A part of me. Lefty starts with just a few questions like,  “What are you going to make?”, “Will you have time to finish it now?”, “Why do [...]

The Challenge of Bleeding Spray Inks thumbnail

The play gets ugly today.  Really ugly.  The challenge of this page is that I used Dylusions spray ink on the first layer and it reactivates as soon as paint hits it PLUS it will bleed through any paint layer.  But what I thought was ugly became something I love thanks to a little help from a Gel Press [...]

It Doesn’t Matter How you Start…Just Start thumbnail

Starting is the most important step when playing.  How I start doesn’t matter and this video proves it! I started with warm colors then went a completely different direction under the sea thanks to a color O.O.P.S!  I had no idea what the fish were for…until I was writing up the post for this week’s Let’s Play! [...]

The Overlooked Secret to Playing thumbnail

You just have to start. Something.  Anything.  It’s the most important step when it comes to play.  What you start doing doesn’t have to be perfect or magical.  In fact, you’ll see how this starts as simple shapes and becomes a mixed media canvas called Once in a Blue Moon over Venice. I had no [...]